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Phipps family papers

Identifier: MS-2008-12
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Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs of the Watrous family, especially Louise and her sisters Mary and Margaret, photos of Claibourne and Louise Phipps, correspondence, copies of news clippings about the Phipps family, a journal (1854), a character book (1913), and an autograph book (1881-1883).


  • Created: 1854-1959

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Biographical or Historical Information

The Phipps Family is one of Tampa's pioneer families. Claibourne Phipps, born in Terra Ceia, Florida in 1889, attended the University of Mississippi and studied law at the University of Florida. He practiced law in Tampa from 1913 until his death in 1938, except during his service as Captain of the artillery corps during World War I. He participated in many organizations and served as president of the Tampa Optimist club and president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Claibourne’s wife, Louise, was the daughter of Harry J. Watrous. The Watrous family, one of Tampa’s pioneer families, claimed descendants who served in the Seminole Indian Wars and the Civil War.  Louise attended the English Classical School in Tampa and Martha Washington Seminary in Washington D.C.  She headed the safety deposit department at the First National Bank in Tampa for more than fifteen years.  Louise and Claibourne Phipps had two sons, Harry, an attorney, and Richard, a Navy commander.


0.63 Linear Feet

2 boxes

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Phipps family

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Related Materials

Watrous Family photograph album, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; Louise Watrous Scrapbook, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.


Phipps family papers
T. Taylor; M. McEver 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US